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  • When do horse helmets need to be replaced
  • Are helmets still good if they fall

 
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    09-05-2009, 07:46 PM
  #1
Yearling
When to replace your helmet?

I have had the same helmet basically since I first started riding (which is really pretty suprising since that means my head hasn't really grown since I was 10). Anyway I've read things that say you should replace your helmet after a fall, or every couple of years... My helmet still seems to be in good shape but they say it can look fine on the outside but still won't protect as well if it's been through a fall...? Anyway I figure after 10 years its time for a new helmet. What do you all think?
     
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    09-05-2009, 09:35 PM
  #2
Weanling
Hehe, I've had mine 8 years. Each helmet has an expiration date on the inside tag. Mine is 2001, and has been in numerous minor accidents. I really need a new one. But, I did just buy a show helmet, but that's only for shows.

Yes, it is true. The saying that even if it looks ok on the outside, the inside could easily be damaged. A lady who owns a local tack shop gave a helmet clinic at our fairgrounds a few months back. She had a helmet that was cut in half. The outside looked fine, but once you saw the foam on the inside, it was clearly damaged.

I can't imagine what my helmet looks like inside. I emailed the maker of the helmet (to see if I could get a discount on a new one) and they basically scolded me about my helmet. They said "destroy that helmet and buy a new one."

So, yes. It's time for you and I both to purchase new helmets :)
     
    09-05-2009, 09:40 PM
  #3
Started
If you have fallen a few times, then yes it's time to get a new one.

For me, I just get a new one when I out grow my old one. I don't fall much, so I don't have to worry about it. My mom just got a new one after falling and getting a concussion.
     
    09-05-2009, 10:55 PM
  #4
Yearling
That's what I figured. I didn't know they have expiration dates. I'll have to check mine just out of curiosity. I don't fall much either but after 10 years I'm sure they've added up. I'm sure the inside of mine looks awful too. Well now that I'm sure it's necessary hopefully I can convince my mom to pay for a new one since I have no money.
     
    09-06-2009, 01:11 PM
  #5
Showing
Actually the safety of the helmet is compromised if you wear it more than a few years. The material on the inside of the helmet (the stuff that absorbs shock so your skull doesn't) starts to decompose and compress. This makes the material less effective for protecting your noggin.
There are some pretty economically priced helmets that are both safe and stylish out on the market right now :)
     
    09-06-2009, 01:27 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Ive had my helmet for about 5 years, and have had 2 good falls with it on....maybe I need a new one too.
     
    09-06-2009, 01:30 PM
  #7
Showing
Whenever you fall, the material in your helmet is compressed a bit, maybe even cracked. Each compression and each crack makes the helmet's defences weaker. The less impact the helmet can take, the more your skull does.
     
    09-06-2009, 04:47 PM
  #8
Started
I REALLY need a new one, but have no money at all. Thankfully I haven't fallen off for a long time.
Mine is about 10 years old :O
It's a good helmet though. :)
     
    09-06-2009, 05:05 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I replace mine every few years or after each major fall. Usually the major fall comes first >.<
     
    09-06-2009, 11:05 PM
  #10
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridingismylife2    
I REALLY need a new one, but have no money at all. Thankfully I haven't fallen off for a long time.
Mine is about 10 years old :O
It's a good helmet though. :)
Please save your pennies to buy a new one ... at 10 years old, the helmet's material really isn't suited to protecting your head much at all anymore :)
     

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